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Deaf Awareness & Sign Language

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Deaf Awareness & Sign Language to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit
  • Be awarded the Level 2 ABC externally validated Certificate*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Deafness is the second most common disability in the UK, but it is an ‘invisible’ problem. This course will help you to consider your own attitude to deafness and that of others. You will gain an understanding of the problems that deafness brings and how hearing people can help. Information on British, American and Spanish sign language is included, as well as the deaf-blind manual alphabet and the block alphabet, and instructions for their use.

Syllabus

  • Lesson One
    • Deafness/Personal Hearing Aids
      • Reactions to Deafness
      • Problems that Deaf People Have to Cope With
      • What is a Hearing Aid?
      • Disadvantages of a Hearing Aid
  • Lesson Two
    • Technology/How to Help a Hearing Aid User
      • Cochlear Implants
      • Expectations and Limitations
      • Developments
      • How to Help a Hearing Aid User
  • Lesson Three
    • Conditions/Communication Methods
      • Tinnitus
      • Deafblindness
      • Silent Communication
      • Spoken Communication
      • The History of Sign Language
      • British Sign Language (BSL)
  • Lesson Four
    • Sign Language Alphabets/Sense
      • American Sign Language
      • The Alphabet
      • Spanish Sign Language Alphabet
      • The Deafblind Manual Alphabet
      • Block Alphabet
      • ‘Sense’ and Government Guidance on Deafblind Services

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*ABC registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.